Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Someone told me once that Neil actually wrote a song -- can't remember which one -- on the piano at Guild House, the campus ministry near Dominick's. Can anyone confirm or debunk this?
Anyhoo, Neil's latest release, "Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House," only strengthens the man's ties to Treetown, since it was recorded at that other campus ministry, which still exists (although in a new location).
John the Revelator hasn't heard it yet, but he has some other solo-acoustic bootlegs from this era of Young's career that are stunningly good. So odds are this one's no exception.
Anyone heard it yet? Meanwhile, here's some footage from just about the same era:
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
If you're looking for Johnny in New Jersey, you can find him, naturally at the Jersey City Desk! There's nothing there yet but there will be. Apparently there is a city council guy out there who was at some cover band show in Washington DC, had too much to drink and took a wee on the people down below. Yeah, we'll be all over that. Going to see a cover band---heinous.
Go Eastern, beat Central on Friday. As long as I live I'll never forgive those CMU assholes for abstaining in their vote to kick us out of the MAC in the early 80's. They knew by abstaining the rest of the league had the votes to bounce us. Western voted to keep us. Every time EMU upsets the Chumpewas, a Huron gets his wings and we stick a finger in their goddamned eyehole.
Interns Zoltron and Kiki have decided to come on out to New Jersey with Johnny. The lure of the internet greasepaint was just too enticing.
Oh, and Donald Trump wants to buy the River Street property and build a casino on it.
May the road rise up to meet you Ypsilanti, at your permanent home on the corner of Elegant Street and Suave Boulevard in Cool City.
Take it away John the Revelator, they're all yours.
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
We hope everyone there keeps their jobs and rides this out. Johnny has a lot of good friends at 100 Phoenix. I know there are some bright book business minds in there who truly love the field they are in. Trouble is they keep getting thwarted by the George Jones' in the company. Borders stock was trading under a dollar earlier this week for a short while, it wasn't the merch group or the buyers who did that, it was the higher ups.
Time for a change at the top at Borders we think...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
People, here it is yet again and it's becoming more dangerous. We MUST (well YOU must, Johnny's leaving) draw this cat into the Cross Street area near the Tower where it's secret deathray can be used on this cat head. The fate of our fair city rests in the balance. How many must die before we as a community act?
Monday, November 24, 2008
"Earlier this morning, after consulting President Susan Martin, I informed coach Jeff Genyk of my decision to move our football program in another direction, at the conclusion of the season"
YCD can't say as we're surprised, this year was supposed to be different, a much better team was expected. The EMU football program never really progressed under Genyk, it kinda stayed mired in that same crappy place it was in when he got here. One thing we WILL say in Mr. Genyk's favor, he cleaned out the nere-do-wells from the EMU football program. Football players at EMU now attend classes and aren't the drunken brawlers of yore. For that he deserves credit, making citizenship while at EMU important.
The Free Press also reports former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will advise EMU in their search for a new head football coach. This should be OK as long as Eastern never schedules Ohio State.
Genyk had a 15-42 record at Eastern in five years with the Central tilt yet to come....
A roundabout seems to be the super happy fix of MDOT anymore. Johnny has run solutions through his head there five days a week for four years. His is better.
More on this stupid idea here
The level of high school swimming in this area is incredible as Ann Arbor Huron finished SECOND to the Pioneers.
Congrats Pioneer, job WELL done (again).
As for the Huron gurls, they also went to the state title game in field hockey but came up short.
Not bad, the local gals seem to dominate at sports, we're very proud of all of you.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I came to this town one damned cold December 1st 1982. I hitchhiked down from sleepy Ortonville to register for classes at EMU and loved what I found here and set up shop. I remember almost being out of second chances when I came here, I also vividly remember sitting right outside of Pierce Hall on a cement bench, in a tiny little sitting area to keep out of the wind and cold that was whistling around me at 4 and 5 and then 6 am. It always made me feel good knowing I could always see the blinking red light on Pierce Hall out my bedroom window, the same blinking red light that flashed over my head that cold December morning. At some point you stake your claim and try to make good your life's dreams and aspirations and I've quite happily made mine here, in Ypsilanti. To my fellow Ypsi residents, there may be times for whatever reason you say "I hate this stupid town" or "This place sucks", I understand that, we all feel that way about our towns at some point. Just understand the next time you do say it, there's somebody out there who misses this great community. Somebody misses the rubber duck race, misses walking in the old days to Bowen Field House to watch an EMU basketball game, who misses our great parades, who misses Haabs or Sidetrack or Golden Wall or La Fiesta Mexicana. There's somebody out there who will miss the air shows at Willow Run, and miss lazy spring and summer nights fishing (with NO license mind you) at his secret spot with his buddy Cool Money.
Ypsilanti, you have been very good to me, I can never ever repay that debt. You have all had such a wonderful impact. So when somebody puts Ypsi down because it's not Ann Arbor, do me a favor, get in their grill. If you're an Eastern Michigan University athlete playing on a team having a bad year and you think to yourself "Nobody cares" that's simply not true. A lot of us DO care. We do care about you and your team whether you win lose or draw. Just keep plugging away for us. If you're one who thinks our city's financial situation is hopeless and you should give up, keep going. That's the thing I've learned about Ypsilanti, doing things the hard way if need be, using elbow grease has always gotten us by. Ypsilanti faced huge challenges helping win WWII and we face them again. Keep going friends, work harder, there's not a bone in my body that doesn't think Ypsilanti will rise above the money troubles we have now. We will, we're Ypsilanti.
While I may be leaving, understand I'll check in from time to time, and like I mentioned, you'll be in very good hands with John the Revelator, he's a top flight writer. I'm sure he'll do things different but that's ok too, Ypsilanti's never been scared of a change.
So long, farewell and adios Ypsilanti, you'll never have a bigger fan out there than Johnny Action Space Punk...
Saturday, November 22, 2008
That being said, EMU hopes to slow down Temple QB Adam DiMichele who has thrown for 12 TD's against only 4 INT's this season. His favorite receiver is senior Bruce Francis who EMU will have to account for. He has 9 touchdowns this season, very good numbers for a very poor team. Temple is a Jeckyll and Hyde team scoring points and looking great one week while scoring only 7 vs Army and 3 vs Western Michigan.
This is a winnable game for EMU.
IF Andy Schmitt plays well, and keeps the Temple offense off the field, and this will take some doing, Eastern can win. If head coach Jeff Genyk is serious about handing the ball off to Terrence Blevins over 20 times today and playing the short passing game matching up receivers on Temple's suspect linebacking corps, Eastern can win this game. If EMU can execute a ball control offense for 60 minutes and not panic if they get behind early, they can win this game.
Eastern has been close a few times this year with teams we feel are equal to them in talent. They've lost every one of those games. It HAS to change today. HAS to.
Eastern Michigan 30
Friday, November 21, 2008
This is Johnny's last Friday night running the videos (or anything for that matter) out of the palacial YCD offices. More details in our Sunday chat but Johnny is moving far far away from Ypsilanti next week. Sadly he's gotta follow fame and fortune out to the shadows of New York City (apparently they needed more bloggers). Now, luckily, for you all John the Revelator will be taking control of the day to day happenings here so you'll still have an Ypsi City Desk right here to keep you entertained and informed. More details on Sunday but that's why all the videos tonight. Johnny has loved bringing them to you over this past little while and looked forward to our Friday night concert series.
In honor of Johnny's old school, Eastern Michigan University, here is Steely Dan performing 'My Old School'.
The Clash with 'Police on My Back'
From Prairie Ghosts:
At a time between dusk on November 21 and dawn on November 22, the ghosts of a father and daughter are said to reunite in this secluded cemetery outside of Jackson, Michigan. The two spirits were the victims of a heinous crime that took place many years ago.... a crime that remains unsolved to this day.
The strange series of events began on November 21, 1883 in the small community of Jackson. A horrible mass murder took place here, claiming seven victims and creating a mystery and a haunting. The victims were Jacob Crouch, his daughter Eunice White, who was in her ninth month of pregnancy, Eunice's husband. and a man named Moses Polley, who had been visiting the Crouch family from out of town. These four people (five, including the unborn child) were all shot to death while sleeping. The crime was carried out during a terrible thunderstorm that muffled the sounds of violence from nearby farms.
Two months later, on January 2, the naked body of Susan Halcomb, Jacob's surviving daughter, was found on the floor of her bedroom. She had been force-fed poison and had died. James Fay, who had worked as a farm hand for Jacob Crouch, was also found dead shortly after. What could these people have done, seen or heard that would have committed them to their horrible deaths? No one knows....
In the years that followed the murders, several men were brought to trial for the crimes but no one was ever convicted. What really happened has never been known, and never will be known, as all of the principals and investigators in the case have long since carried the tales to their graves.
Jacob Crouch was buried in a small cemetery at the corner of Horton and Reynolds Roads, a mile away from the site of the Crouch home. Eunice and her husband lie five miles away in St. John's Cemetery in Jackson. The two burial grounds are very different. Jacob's grave is neglected and forgotten while Eunice's lies in a well-cared for cemetery that is still in operation today. The legend began many years ago that on the anniversary of the murders, Eunice's spirit would leave her grave and travel to Reynolds Cemetery, where it would reunite with the ghost of her father.
Many claim to have witnessed this over the years, including two ghost researchers in 1989, who insist they saw an ectoplasmic cloud appear in the cemetery that night. The glowing mist floated through the cemetery until it reached Jacob's grave, where it suddenly vanished.
Should you be interested, we trust you can use Mapquest or Google maps to find this small and very creepy cemetery at the corner of Reynolds and Horton Rd. just west of Jackson. If you see Eunice Crouch tell her the Ypsi City Desk says hi.
Let's get started with William Shatner utterly butchering Harry Chapin's classic song 'Taxi'.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Now, sell Samuel Kirkpatrick's folly house, for the good of the University and the community goodwill it would render. It'll fetch something that could help offset student costs. No, it's not NEEDED, and in these tight economic times, every penny counts.
We'll find you a smaller, cozier, and less expensive (and some would say less tainted) place to live.
What time do you think RichRod has Desmond? You think fans will stick with him past next year if the team is 5-7? What if by year 4 he's 8-4? That's a pretty tall order of wishful thinking if you ask us. We think you were feeling hurt by Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Spielman's comments the other day.
We're also going to need to see better players here, ones who don't leave willy nilly and guys who can handle running and executing the spread offense. 5 years? In our opinion RichRod won't be here for year 4....
It's good to know we have a fine command center in case of a dire emergency. As fire chief Jon Ichsco told the A2 News "...we will have a building that can serve the community in even the worst of situations".
Sounds like a good deal to us.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
More on this developing celebrity situation HERE in the A2 News
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
This was also the first cartoon with sound ever...
(AP)-He turns 80 this year, but you'd never know it by looking at him. Mickey Mouse is still as sprightly as ever, with not even a laugh line to show his age. Mickey's come a long way since his turn as a deckhand in "Steamboat Willie" on this day in 1928.
Back then, the Disney studio's hopes were pegged to the mischievous rodent. They hoped he would bring the company success after the rights to Walt Disney's first successful character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, were sold to another studio by its distributors.
Walt sketched a mouse -- who looked an awful lot like his predecessor, Oswald -- and his wife, Lilly, christened the mouse Mickey. (Without Lilly's quick thinking, we'd be celebrating the 80th birthday of Mortimer Mouse.)
Mickey was a hit, and soon he had a band of buddies with whom he got into all kinds of scrapes and messes. (He never officially married Minnie Mouse, but they're still the world's most famous animated couple.)
According to Disney, more than 1 million children joined the original Mickey Mouse Club between 1929 and 1932. And his fans ranged from American children to famous names like Mary Pickford, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Benito Mussolini, the Nizam of Hyderabad and King George V of England.
As animation techniques grew more sophisticated, Mickey's appearance changed a bit -- he gained some weight around the middle, donned a pair of white gloves and grew more angular. But his personality never changed from the friendly mouse that Walt Disney created in the 1920s.
Today, Mickey has become the international symbol of the Disney empire -- the three-circle silhouette of his head is one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the world. And his image -- with the famous two-button pants, the big yellow shoes -- has graced every kind of merchandise imaginable, from T-shirts to telephones.
Clearly the world's most beloved animated character, Mickey continues toward the century mark just as he began his life 80 years ago -- full steam ahead.
It's a good read.
Monday, November 17, 2008
#10 Purdue 87
(EMU is 1-1)
Delaware St. 58
And tonight's YCD feature game:
North Carolina-Wilmington 107
Chad Tomko crushed Troy with 33 points
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
The National Motorists Association says Metro Detroit had the most speed traps in the United States in 2007, based on field studies and the number of complaints the Wisconsin-based organization gets. Ann Arbor also finished in the top 10:
1. Detroit suburbs
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
4. Orlando, Fla.
5. Nashville, Tenn.
6. Ann Arbor
7. Albuquerque, N.M.
8. Washington, D.C.
10. Virginia Beach, Va.
Source: National Motorists Association
Check it out HERE
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Her position will be to consult with the president and act as a go-between with state and local elected officials and public interest groups. Another U-M Law School grad, Ann Coulter did not get asked by the Obama Administration to do anything but shut her pie hole.
Oh and since it's now at 40 degrees or below, the no hard liquor in the stadium rule has been waived.
Likewise if you're a crafter and you're not at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair today, you're just dabbling.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Sheryl Crow with 'Out of Our Heads'
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
Is ERC saving money on this long tedious coffee pouring tradition? If you're just gonna hand Johnny a cup and tell him to get it himself why not drop the price? Johnny also hates to think what this'll do to their tips jar. Seriously, why tip when you're getting it yourself?
We hope ERC on Main St. stops this coffee madness right now. Johnny knows Starbucks, 20 steps the other way will pour his coffee and hand it to him like he likes. Just sayin'......
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The latest blow came today when copy editors, designers and other support staff got the news that they could either:
- Accept a buyout that will amount to something like two weeks' pay for every year of employment (for those with over five year's services;) or
- Move to offices in Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids, where those tasks will be consolidated for among the News' seven sibling papers.
We have a lot of good friends at the News. Hang in there, folks. You deserve better.
Here's a real pressing issue of our times--At Thanksgiving dinner do you want jellied cranberry via the can or real cranberries?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A man who tried to steal an ATM with a backhoe was arrested when he asked police officers who were chasing him for help after he jumped into the Kansas River, police said.
Police said the man, in his 50s, used the backhoe to break into a convenience store in Kansas City, Kan., then tried to drive away with the Automated Teller Machine. As the man tried to flee, the machine and 12 packs of soda fell from the backhoe, police said.
Police followed the man as he took the backhoe through a wooded area before fleeing on foot.
After jumping into the Kansas River, the man swam out about 15 feet from shore, then called for help, saying he was drowning, the police department said.
Two officers jumped into the river, rescued him and arrested him, police said.
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
Royal Oak came in second. Probably because they are not near Ypsilanti...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Ypsilanti goal-setting meetings
• Tonight: Presentation by Dan Gilmartin, chief executive of the Michigan Municipal League, to discuss changes facing local governments. 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1 S. Huron St.
• Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Haab Medical Building, 111 N. Huron St.
• Monday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Haab Medical Building.
• Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. at the Haab Medical Building.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Weather reporter Kiki has it easy compared to some action news weather stiffs
Eastern will attempt to get a medical hardship which would allow him to play next year as his senior season.
Ouch, this sucks...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Well Johnny put the Empire State Building in his rearview mirror about 7:30 am (really, driving out on the 1&9 Pulaski Skyway you can watch it disappear but don't stare or nuthin, you'll wreck) and rolled into Ypsilanti around 5:15 pm. Just a note to you silly New Jersey State troopers trying to stop Johnny from getting away into Pennsylvania--THREE? You sent only THREE cars to stop him? It's take more than three New Jersey State troopers to lock him up, even if you did, no jail can hold him. It was hilarious to watch them have to stop right at the state line as Johnny's Vibe streaked across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania, sssssssuckers.
Johnny actually did a little hand jive curse as he passed the Bellefonte exit, the way one gets to Penn State University in State College. Then, they lost to Iowa. That had to be the reason. Johnny PWNED the Nittany Lions.
So, what happened around here? The interns are gone and John the Revelator is drinking out of a paper bag so you all are gonna have to fill Johnny in...
Friday, November 7, 2008
But here's something more. Dan's a really gifted collage artist and he currently has 20 or so of his pieces on display -- and for sale -- at the Ugly Mug coffee shop at the corner of Cross and Hamilton Streets.
Dan's work collides hot-rod culture, rock 'n' roll and Art Deco design into intriguing pieces that we think are pretty cool. Cool enough, anyways, that we have several hanging in our home.
Stop by and check it out and have a cup of the Ugly Mug's fine, roasted-on-site coffee.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Mayer was just a teenager in 1962, when he and his band, the Fabulous Twilights, hit the Top 40 with his timeless “Village Of Love,” a tune that still pops up on oldies radio, even if its singer and his importance on the Detroit soul-music landscape is lost on most of the squares who tune in.
He had a couple of regional hits with “Love and Affection (Not the House of Correction)” and “I Had a Dream,” but thanks to poor distribution, his national hits dried up after “
But what a tune.
In recent years, Mayer had seen something of a rebirth. He hooked up with younger
All that ended with his death over the weekend. Gone is that killer smile, those twinkling, mischievous eyes and one of the greatest, raspiest, most-emotive voices in soul music. Another voice of
From a personal perspective, I can say that I was fortunate enough to know Naydog a little. He played a couple of absolutely killer shows at my record store some years back and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to knock back a couple of beers with someone I consider to be a true hero.
Here’s Nate performing “I Had a Dream” with the Shanks. (For all you trainspotters out there, extra points to the first who can name the
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So you're sick for a couple of days and you reemerge to discover that everything's different. There's the promise of real, meaningful stem-cell research in your state, not to mention a new provision for medical marijuana. And there's this new thing sweeping the country called "Hope."
Dig it! Now, as our president elect reminded us, let's all do everything we can to make sure that there's more than just rhetoric to this historic moment.
No big surprises in the local races, as the city of Ypsilanti's and Ypsilanti Township's races were pretty much decided at at the primary level in August. Nonetheless, congratulations to Pete Murdock on his return to City Council to and to Charlie Pope, who has waited patiently to step up to the bench at 14B District Court.
(Likewise, a big thanks and fare-the-well to outgoing 14B District Judge John B. Collins -- a great man, who was a true friend and mentor to a certain young journalist getting his first taste of covering the courts back in the early 1990s. Thanks for everything, John. Here's to lots of great fishing in your retirement!)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
You all have a good week, make sure you vote. We said we wouldn't endorse people here (John the Revelator is free to, he's a co-writer) as many are our neighbors and we try hard to play things up the middle for the most part but Johnny WILL go on record as supporting, and hoping you will too, proposals 1 & 2. Medical marijuana offers a great benefit to some, some of our less fortunate citizens who would find a great benefit from it. People who qualify for it really do need it. Walk a mile in their shoes before you vote no. Stem cell research to Johnny is a no brainer. It too offers help to those with definite needs. Hope, that's a very powerful word to a paralyzed person. It might not help them but it might help someone after them. Alzheimer's doesn't just affect Republicans of Democrats, it affects human beings. It wrecks families. There is no moral high ground in being against it, sorry, there's simply not. There is great benefit to humanity in seeking cures from something that was ready to be thrown out anyway. Michigan has some of the greatest scientific minds around, let's put them to work.
Good luck to all you local candidates. Pick up your signs when you're done and we thank you in advance.
See ya next weekend.
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
If EMU can keep this game close, and history says they can, the Broncos may just seize up and think back to last year and watch their MAC title hopes die inside the confines of Waldo Stadium.
WMU Sissy Broncos 31
Eastern Michigan 20
Come on EMU, win your last three games and you can salvage something from this season. Over, did you say over??
Friday, October 31, 2008
Michigan is amazing, some say it's also very haunted, so on this Halloween, lets take a look at six Michigan ghostly legends and let you make up your own mind. Perhaps one of these haunted stories is close enough to where you live to see for yourself.
Dateline: Westland, MI.
OK, it's not REALLY called Butler Cemetery but that's where the legend comes from. In truth it's William Ganong Cemetery and it's located along Henry Ruff Road between Annapolis and Van Born Roads. The cemetery itself is neglected and overgrown in many places. Years of wear and some vandalism have taken their toll. Yet this remains to be one of Michigan's most haunted cemeteries. Drivers have seen a woman dressed in white walking along the road and some have swerved to avoid her. Other sightings from the road place her in the cemetery proper. Others have reported seeing a male apparition in some kind of uniform. Research shows an inordinate amount of car accidents right near William Ganong Cemetery. Are these accidents the result of trying to avoid hitting apparitions in the road or is there a more scientific reason?
Dateline: Forester, MI
Just north of Port Sanilac, on the eastern Michigan coast, lies the small community of Forester. It's not the town that's haunted, nor is it a cemetery or house, its the shoreline there.
The ghost of Minnie Quay is a sad and eerie tale of a young woman waiting for her man to return from a ship he was on sailing the Great Lakes. Minnie's parents greatly disapproved of her romance with the young sailor as did the townspeople. In the spring of 1876, word reached Minnie Quay that the ship that the young man had been working on had gone down in a storm. A few days later, Minnie committed suicide by diving off the town pier into Lake Huron. The ghost of Minnie Quay is said to walk along the shoreline near Forester crying mournfully. Several young women claim to have seen Minnie's ghost call them into the lake to join her, legend even says one girl did. The old Quay House stands across the street from the Forester Inn should you want to see if Minnie is walking her shoreline yet today.
Dateline: Marquette, MI
Hotels will advertise all kinds of amenities in trying to get you to stay. Cable TV, internet hook up, PlayStation games and the like but they never seem to advertise guests who never check out. Such is the case of the Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette. In a story similar to that of Minnie Quay, the Landmark has a librarian who used to look out over Lake Superior awaiting her true loves return, which of course never came. The librarian is said to haunt the Lilac Room overlooking the big lake. Male guests have reported keys not working, calls to rooms in the middle of the night, while the front desk is said to get phone calls from the Lilac Room when nobody is there. However by far the most famous of spirits is that of Amelia Earhart who stayed at the Landmark Inn in 1932, room 502. Some have reported seeing her ghost there as well.
Another rumor is a ghost in room 304 Halverson Hall at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. A student who hung himself as the story goes. Interesting this one and imagine this writers amazement since in the fall of 1981 he himself lived in room 304 Halverson Hall. I never heard or saw anything ghostly nor undead other than my own grades.
Dateline: Grayling, MI
Along Cemetery Road in Grayling lies the ruins of a very old cemetery from a town that no longer exists. The Pere Cheney Cemetery is said to be haunted by many many spirits. People report troubles with electrical devices such as cars and car radios. Radio stations that simply switch, or the radio just cuts out while on. People have also reported childish laughter from disembodied voices. The Pere Cheney Cemetery is also said to have it's share of apparitions after dark. A full plate of hauntings from a hard to find, almost devoid cemetery.
Dateline: Ypsilanti, MI
Libraries make excellent places for a ghost to make a home. Quiet, and not a lot of commotion. Such is the case with the Ypsilanti Ladies' Library located at the corner of Washington and Emmet streets. The Library was built and lived in by the Starkweather family. It was willed to the city by owner Marryanne Starkweather upon her death. Someone forgot to tell Marryanne she doesn't live there anymore. People have seen her apparition on the upper floor drifting down hallways. She is also heard walking around late at night by workers who know nobody else is in the building. Some have reported unexplained cold spots in upstairs rooms. Marryanne may have willed the house to Ypsilanti but she just didn't tell anyone she came with the deed.
Dateline: Nunica, MI
Just off of I-96, in the small hamlet of Nunica, there is a cemetery that ranks among the most haunted in Michigan. This cemetery, located off of M-104 (luckily there is a BIG sign) just east of Spring Lake Road, is home to just about any ghostly activity you can imagine. Rope that appears from nowhere, dark figures behind tombs, orbs, detached voices and apparitions actually seen by real ghost investigators. This place is the real deal for ghost buffs. One ghost in fact has his own name, "Mr. Bond". Mr. Bond supposedly got his name from actual communications with him. Apparently there is a shed on the premises where a lot of the supernatural activity manifests itself. A favorite haunt of paranormal researchers, perhaps the Nunica Cemetery is a gift that keeps giving, if you consider frights as gifts, all the year round.
We kick off Halloween 2008 with everybody's favorite Dallas psychobilly rock band, The Flametrick Subs!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So Johnny has been in the market for a new whip lately. After much research he chose a Pontiac Vibe GT. He then began sending out email inquiries to several local Pontiac dealership internet sales managers telling them his option requirements and talking price. He began the process of whittling down who he'd buy from on price and options available and who had the car he wanted. Alan Johnson (and remember that name kids) at Randy Wise in Milan had the best price on the GT and Mr. Johnson MADE AN APPOINTMENT to sell the car to Johnny yesterday afternoon. Johnny drove down to Milan fully expecting to be driving home in something different. As Lee Corso says on ESPN, "Not so fast my friend"
Johnny walks into the showroom, has Alan Johnson paged, he comes out, and Johnny excitedly says "Let's take a look at the car!"
Alan Johnson: "Oh, it's not here"
Alan Johnson: "It's not here, I''ll have to call someone to get one here"
Johnny: "You're kidding"
Alan Johnson "No, I'll have to locate one for you"
What a weasel. What an unprofessional weasel car salesman. When Johnny makes an appointment to buy a car he expects said car will be on the lot. Alan Johnson had two days lead to get it there. Car deals can fall apart for a lot of reason, financing mainly. But to have the Randy Wise sales manager, ALAN JOHNSON make an appointment to sell a car and not have it there is completely unacceptable. Alan kept going on how "There's no bad intent here". Maybe not Alan, perhaps it's just incompetence. He said he could TRY to locate one, in fact he knew of one that was out on an overnight test drive (just not from HIS dealership derrrrr). I told him I didn't want THAT one, it'd be USED to me. He also could not give a date that car would be available. Alan hemmed and hawed about trying to locate a car, made a few fruitless phone calls, but by then the trust was broken and Johnny drove home mad as hell.
So if you are in the market for a new car, feel free to take this tale as a warning if you find yourself thinking about Randy Wise in Milan and a gentleman named Alan Johnson.
Oh and by the way Alan, the base Vibe model does NOT come with a 1.4 L engine, it's 1.8 L, you should know that going forward. You made mention twice of the 1.4 L. engine compared to the 2.4 L on the AWD and GT Vibe, just sayin'...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Mr. Criminal, we're laughing your take wasn't larger but what did your pea-brain think when you settled on the Dollar Store? Was White Castle too tough? Was LaundryLand closed? No arcades around to rob?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
(one bad word if you're at work or the spawn are around)
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
That’s when I made my mistake by taking up the challenge and offering the following verse to Sweet Home Ypsilanti:
- “Now the Elbow Room has got the hipsters
And they can drink a Pabst or two
Man, that indie rock is so loud
Ain’t Cross Street Station but it’ll do
‘Til half past 2”
Okay, now it’s your turn. Extra credit for anything that includes references to the water tower, the EMU Hurons, the Chick Inn or the cow on top of the Carry Dairy.
You remember Frederick McKaney don't you? The man who was arrested for assault with a deadly chicken?
Monday, October 27, 2008
Don't know the details and don't know for sure that it's even true -- although our information comes from a very good source -- and we don't want to spread any rumours that turn out to be untrue. Okay ... I suppose you could make the case that that's exactly what we're doing right now. Fair enough. But until we know more we don't want to add to any innuendo that's already circulating on the street.
Suffice it to say that, if true, this is a shame for the local live music community. After years of being on the decline, TC's has recently undergone a renaissance of sorts, booking great, multi-act bills -- and actually paying musicians for their efforts -- and looking better than ever thanks to some cosmetic improvements.
(And don't tell the Sidetrack, but TC's serves - served? - the best damn cheeseburger in Washtenaw County! I know; I've tried them all ... )
The bulk of the credit for all these improvements goes to manager Christine, who clearly has had the big picture in her sights. If the rumors are true, all this is happening in spite of her hard work and vision.
So is it true? Is this the end of the road for TC's as we've known it? Time will tell. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted as we hear more. And if you know something, please let us know.
Meanwhile, here are the Ragbirds, filmed live at TC's Speakeasy:
Wait ... what was my point? It doesn't matter.
Wystan Stevens is Ann Arbor's unofficial historian and is a wealth of knowledge about anything and everything having to do with Washtenaw County's past. Check out his Flickr photos, which, if nothing else, show that student binge drinking has changed little over the past century or so.
A Shelby Township man was dressed up as a policeman a few days early. The problem is, so was his car...
Mr. Faux Cop was arrested (maybe so he could get to know how it feels to really slap the cuffs on someone) and will be appearing in court at a later date. We hope he'll be driving another car, without police amenities on it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
Saturday, October 25, 2008
On paper Ball State should win. They average over 460 yards of offense a game (260 through the air and 200 rushing) they're balanced, they have a top flight triggerman in Junior Nate Davis. They have a running back in MiQuale Lewis who will most likely go over 1,000 yards on the season and he also has 13 rushing touchdowns. Lewis has scored a touchdown in every game this season but one.
There's no way Eastern's swiss cheese defense can stop this attack, right? That's why they play the game.
Eastern DID show some moxy in going down to Woodsy Owl country and upsetting Bowling Green at BG earlier this year. Despite a pathetic defensive effort against Akron they were in a position to win at the end but for a bad hop of a blocked field goal. Plus there is the fact that Eastern WILL be up for this game. They realize the chance to really make something out of an otherwise disappointing season. Beating a top 20 team could help the bumps and bruises heal after this season is gone. You always hear the weaker team after some level of upset say 'Nobody believed we could do it but US'. We hope Eastern still believes in themselves.
Noon kickoff from Muncie Indiana.
Look, everything says a Ball State rout and that may well end up being the case but picking a 40-14 would be easy. We hate easy.
Our call (Upset Special--Screw Ball State's ESPN love-fest)
Eastern Michigan 27
Ball State 24
No pressure or anything....
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
Friday, October 24, 2008
It's nice to see the kids show respect for their idols....
Here's Howlin' Wolf with 'How Many More Years'.
Here's John Lee Hooker with his classic 'Boom Boom'
He's at the Michigan Theater tonight hep cats. Tickets still available...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
But Sunday’s trip was extra special for me, because even though I’ve enjoyed listening to blues pioneer Son House for many years, it wasn’t until last week that I discovered he had lived his last 15 or so years in Detroit. A little Interwebs research revealed that he was buried on the city’s northwest side in the Mt. Hazel cemetery.
And so off we went early Sunday morning to pay tribute to the man who, among many other things during an 86-year-long lifetime, taught Robert Johnson how to play guitar and inspired the White Stripes to cover his seminal blues, “Death Letter.”
Mt. Hazel is definitely a funky old cemetery with plots dating back to the mid-19th century. It didn’t take us long to find Son House’s grave, as, some years after his passing, the Detroit Blues Society erected a granite headstone to mark his final resting place.
But it was a little eerie when we walked closer to the gravestone and discovered that we just happened to be visiting on the 20-year anniversary of the great singer’s death. Obviously, others had realized this before us, as there were some flowers on the grave and a couple stacks of quarters – presumably as tribute to his many years playing for tips on Mississippi street corners – aligned along the gravestone.
We spent a few moments quietly taking in the scene and snapping a few pictures. I left a guitar pick I happened to have in my pocket … and then we were on our way back to Ypsilanti.
But it got me thinking.
According to my friend Jeff Meier, Eddie James “Son” House Jr., plagued by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, spent his final years as a janitor at Wayne State University. This after touring the world as part of the so-called “folk revival” of the early 1960s that rediscovered him and his music after he had stopped playing for some 20-odd years.
I can’t stop thinking about our time there and how Son House is just one of countless others around Detroit, who made a life out of playing soulful, meaningful, important music, only to be all-but forgotten, even as others gain fame and fortune building on the foundation they built. It’s nice to know that there are some folks out there who care enough to stop by with some flowers or to leave some spare change in tribute to someone who gave a hell of a lot more to the world in his lifetime than he ever got back from it.
Interns, they're just so silly....
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A group of owls is called a parliament
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit
A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut
A ten gallon hat holds three quarters of a gallon
Ireland is the only place where windmills turn clockwise
Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It can't be easy for the trooper to make this decision. They WANT to catch the bad guy and somebody running from the cops at 100 mph is a bad guy. They want him off the street and so do we citizens. We also respect very much an officer with the judgement to call it all off on OUR behalf.
Ann Arbor and State Police are continuing to search around Pontiac Trail and Barton Drive.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Emily's Bridge, Stowe Vermont (Yeah, Johnny's been to Emily's Bridge)
"...The most popular story of Emily's death starts with her angry parents forbidding her to marry the man of her dreams. In a fit of rage and sadness, she ran away with her lover with plans to elope. That night they were to meet at the Gold Brook Bridge and begin the first night of their lives together. Emily arrived at the bridge early, but her soul mate would not arrive. As the hour of their meeting came and left, Emily gave up hope and at the peak of her sadness, anger and depression, she took her life. Emily hung herself from a beam within the bridge in the dead of night.
Since this terrible day, the bridge has been haunted with what is rumored to be the anger ghost of Emily. Some events at the bridge that have been connected with her include the scratching of passing horse drawn carriages, and later cars, with invisible claws in day or night. Also, a woman's voice is heard in the bridge, along with ghostly figures and strange lights..."
Poor interns Zoltron and Kiki, playing second fiddle again....
Welcome John the Revelator!
This station NEVER disappoints like many things in life can do.
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And thanks Mayor Schreiber and Susan Pollay for your time!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Like fruits and vegetables, local music is always better. This neither implies the the Colonels are fruits or vegetables. After 'Heart of the Matter', turn up the speakers and blast 'Marie Marie'....
If you have a local band and want some YCD love, leave us a note here. Tell us in comments where you're playing and where we can find you online!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Akron has a very adept offensive squad which will certainly challenge Eastern's less than stellar defense. Chris Jacquemain runs the show for Akron BUT he'll throw interceptions, oh will he throw interceptions. If Eastern can contain the Akron ground game, maybe get a lead and force Jacquemain to throw, the EMU side will have a much better chance. Eastern's offense had been clicking until last week's effort against Army. Akron will give up points so if EMU can establish a solid running game and work the passing game off of that, again, they'd have an advantage.
The season is growing late and the expected improvement in Jeff Genyk's team has yet to appear. A win against Army sure would have helped. After today EMU has but four games left to really show the program is on the right track. Trouble is 3 of the last 4 games are against teams vying for a MAC West title, and one, Ball State who is ranked in the top 25. Today could (and we think should) be played as Genyk's last stand.
We hope Eastern Michigan is ready to go to the wall to beat Akron. For today we'll trust they are.
Eastern Michigan 23
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here are The Four Tops with 'Reach Out, I'll be There'. Godspeed Levi, you leave here having made people happy.
Little Richard with 'Lucille' from 1956
Here at The Cars from 1978 with 'Bye Bye Love'.